Top Five Reasons to Join an Online Writing Community

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue

In the spirit of our announcement of this year’s contest here on the SYTYCW Blog, here are our top five reasons why you should join in the fun here–or anywhere on the great wide web!

1. Online comment sections and forums are full of fellow writers who know exactly what it is you’re going through and are all too happy to commiserate about waiting in the checkout line, riding the train, or sitting in traffic, struck through suddenly with an idea that they just have to write about.

2. We’re not all masters of the butt-in-chair technique all the time, and everyone here is ready to chat about what’s worked and what hasn’t when it comes to getting those words on the page.

3. Not everyone has the time and resources for an in-person critique group.  This community, and many others besides, are just a click away, anywhere, anytime, and can be just as helpful!  These communities are also a great step in matchmaking with that elusive perfect critique partner.

4. These people are hilarious and charming. They’ll laugh with you, cry with you, and ultimately they’ll celebrate what you’ve gone through to write that book!

5. In summation, community, writing and otherwise, will serve to remind you of those four all-important words when you’ve taken on a difficult task: I am not alone.

Interested in taking on our 150 day challenge?  Check out Patience Bloom’s kickoff post here!

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  1. Ruby Mae O'Dell

    Lovely post, Kayla!
    Finding the perfect critique partner I know I can trust is something I struggle with. Also, the same is true for beta readers. Are there any free online writing communities that you could recommend?
    At the moment I’m taking part in CampNaNoWriMo. The small writing group I’m assigned with is great. But this is only for a month. I’m looking for a few long term critique partners and beta readers.
    Thanks again for the great post!
    Many Blessings to you, Kayla!

    • Chrissie

      That’s who I was about to recommend, Danica! I love the groups just don’t get there too often. Mostly because I am writing. Which is a good thing, yes?